Sometimes I wonder if people have done any research before they just start posting pics of their carts. This cart is legit. There is absolutely nothing in there that would lead anyone to believe it is a bootleg.
I have recently taken an interest in MVS and am starting to pick up on the main red flags.
The main reasons this cart can be identified as legit are the toshiba branded roms and the lack of windowed EPROMS.
Yeah kinda thought so... but still wasn't too sure. First mvs cart that I really looked at and just expected the years on the 2 boards to match (which they don't). But no eproms/wires etc so kinda thought it might be legit.
The years on the PCB's often do not match. This is because SNK has several different "mappers" that they used for various games, and they were developed at various times. If you didn't need a complex setup for the sound data but needed a complex configuration for graphics then you'd wind up with a simpler, earlier model PCB coupled with a later model PCB. This saved SNK money because they simply recycled the old boards they had left when making new games.
No need to wonder... I did. There were other reasons why I was curious as to the originality. Appreciate the input (sarcastic tones aside).
I take it that the reason was the replaced label and what looks to be a replacement case. Probably Japanese boards repackaged into an english label or the case was crap. I have a RBFF2 that has replacement cases that when I was opening it, I was totally scared would be all boot. Everything matched though.
There is no way to tell if the game is the Japanese version by the boards alone. The English and Japanese carts are identical except for the label.you got it. Popped it in a bit ago (after putting back together and letting the alcohol dry) and realized it was japanese.